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Woman set on fire in West Virginia dies

October 6, 2017
Associated Press

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia woman allegedly set on fire by her boyfriend has died.

Beckley police Sgt. Morgan Bragg says 48-year-old Belinda Cox died at a Pittsburgh hospital on Wednesday night. Media outlets report that 47-year-old Dwayne Michael Lane was arraigned Thursday on a murder charge in Raleigh County Magistrate Court.

According to a criminal complaint, witnesses told police Cox was doused in gasoline and a paper towel and lighter were used to ignite the fluid on Sept. 17. She was found unresponsive in a neighbor's yard. Authorities later learned that Cox and Lane had argued.

Lane also faces charges of arson, child neglect, kidnapping and domestic battery. He was being held without bond in the Southern Regional Jail. It wasn't immediately known whether Lane has an attorney.

 
 
 

 

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